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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

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If crowdfunded investments become the norm for startups trying to raise capital, accelerator/investor group 500 Startups will definitely be at the forefront.

Today, 500 announced a new $100 million investment fund that will come in part from public fundraising.

News of 500 Startups’ new fund, its third to date, first emerged back in October after the group filed paperwork with the SEC — and about a week after 500 closed $44.1 million for its second fund.

Image: Rebecca Grant, VentureBeat 

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WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today awarded FAST grants totaling $2 million to 22 state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities.  These grants will support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA's Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program. 

 

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In December 2013 a group of academics gathered during a Texas snowstorm and began the second phase of a discussion about massive open online courses. They were not terribly impressed by the hype the courses had received in the popular media, and they had set out to create a better body of literature about MOOCs—albeit a less sensational one.

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For the new business that is just starting out, a common question is, “When is the right time to file a trademark application?” Should business owners bother registering before their product or service is ready, or just wait until they’re ready to officially launch to the marketplace?

In the U.S., a business gets common law rights to a name as soon as it is used in commerce. That means that as soon as you start selling a product or service, you can claim common law ownership of that trademark without formally registering it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

 

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Continuous learning, lifelong learning, learning organizations, and constant learning – terms we hear every day about the changing nature of the workplace. We don’t even know what skills to prepare for, but most people agree that we all need to keep on learning if we wish to remain relevant at work, in our professions, or in life. Just watch how new technology is adopted by people of my age. It can be painful.

 

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How Long Should It Take For a Startup to Succeed?

This appeared at inc.com and was written by Michael Dell.

People ask me all the time, “How can I become a successful entrepreneur?” And I have to be honest: It’s one of my least favorite questions, because if you’re waiting for someone else’s advice to become an entrepreneur, chances are you’re not one.

If I’d listened to everyone who told me what I could and couldn’t do and why, I’d be writing this column on an IBM PC. For the record, IBM doesn’t make PCs any more. I’m using a Dell XPS 15.

But there are a few things that distinguish real entrepreneurs, and if you have them, you’re starting in the right place.

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It’s been a busy month for intellectual property. In late May, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a reform bill aimed at curbing the influence of patent trolls. In early June, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would not initiate lawsuits with any firm that used its patents “in good faith.” Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling limiting the scope of software patents.

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Corporate venture capital has been quietly reborn over the last ten years. Corporate VCs were dinged, justifiably at times in my experience, for naive investments, narrow agendas, passivity, and fickle decisions. For this reason entrepreneurs often look on them as opportunistic money, not true investment partners.

Things have changed.

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